We are almost a month into the Season and things are starting to heat up. A 15-inning game was won down in Houston. Multiple teams with double-digit win streaks. More tournaments taking off each week with more to come.
So looking across the country this past week let’s recap what we hit on last week. The Tournament of Champions happened. 2 Teams came out of it undefeated in Navarro and San Jac. There was a Walk off by San Jac in the Bottom of the 15th vs Wabash Valley.
In a thrilling game between 2 power houses @SJRaven_BB walk it off in the bottom of the 15th against @WVBBaseball Congrats boys Forever Fear The Raven pic.twitter.com/1rl1tSBvsd
— Shawn L. O’Toole (@therealslo1) February 12, 2023
Later in the weekend Wabash Valley yet again got walked off by Seminole State (OK).
Hat a way to end it in Extra Innings for @SSCbaseball vs @WVCBaseball. That’s huge right there @PBR_Texas @PBR_JUCO pic.twitter.com/yibPmzxfPP
— San Jacinto College Baseball (@SJRaven_BB) February 12, 2023
One series that got a lot of attention this past weekend was the #8 Crowder vs #15 Johnson County Series. All four games were competitive from the jump. Crowder took the first day sweeping the games 6-4 and 4-1. While Johnson County took the next two 3-0 and 9-8. Both of these teams have been national powers for the last handful of years and to start your season off with big-time games like this is going to do alot for both teams later on in the season.
#6 LSU-Eunice keeps their winning ways going this past weekend. They expanded their win streak to 11 straight with a 4-game sweep of Monroe who started off the Toughest schedule in the country this past week. Eunice took the 4 games 11-4, 13-1, 18-1, 14-4. As a team, they hit .372 with 18 extra-base hits. 6 stolen bases, with 4 home runs.
So one tournament that we did miss this past weekend was one that took place over in Palatka, Florida at the John Tindall Classic. This played host to Northwest Florida, Miami Dade, Florence-Darlington Tech, East Georiga State, and St. Johns River. When looking at this field it would be hard to pick a team that would “win the weekend”. But, what many would not have picked, however, was the team that took home the top spot. St. Johns River fresh into the Division 2 ranks after dropping down this season went 3-0 on the weekend. They started with an 8-5 win over #20 Northwest Florida, Then beat #12 Miami Dade 7-2, and finished the weekend beating East Georiga State 14-4.
#3 Kirkwood started the season this past weekend traveling to Kansas to take on Seward County. They swept the weekend scoring a total of 59 runs. They hit .420 as a team with 25 extra-base hits, with 10 of them being by the long ball.
It has been said many times that the Division 2 teams in Arizona should not be underlooked. Multiple years the team coming out of Arizona makes it to Enid with a .500 record or lower but still shows that they are one of the top teams in the country making noise on the national stage. Chandler-Gilbert has started the season 8-1 coming into this week and going 2-0 with wins over another top division 2 team from Arizona in #19 Phoenix. Winning both games 5-4 and 11-4.
Eastfield has started the season and shown why they are one of the top teams in the country. Now they did play a JV team and a post-grad this past week. But going 7-0 on a week is impressive regardless. And how they did it is even more impressive. They started the week beating LeTourneau 6-0 and 8-1. Later in the week, they swept DFW Post grad 3-2, 10-0, and 9-0. They wrapped up the weekend facing off against #21 North Arkansas which they handled just like the rest of the week. They won game 1 3-2 then came out swinging in game two winning it 12-2. Through the week they hit .317 with 22 extra-base hits, and they stole 33 bases across the 7 games. On the mound, they had a team era of .75 striking out 84 strikeouts with a 4.6 K/BB.
Top 25 Weekly Results
|Rank||Team||Record||Week Record||Key Games||Movement|
|1||Central Arizona||8-3||3-0||W vs #19 Phoenix, Pima x2|
|2||Walters State||8-1||4-0||W vs #8 CHipola, Wallace Dotham, USC Union x2|
|3||San Jac||6-4||3-0||W vs #17 Wabash Valley|
|5||Central Florida||10-0||4-0||W vs Eastern Florida, Hillsborough, South Florida, Indian River State|
|7||John A. Logan||2-3||0-1||L vs #14 Gulf Coast State|
|8||Chipola||4-6||0-2||L vs #2 Walters State|
|9||Crowder||4-2||3-2||W vs Labette, #15 Johnson County x2, L vs #15 Johnson County x2|
|11||Cochise||9-2||3-1||W vs Utah State Eastern x3, L vs Utah State Eastern|
|12||Miami Dade||5-5||1-2||W vs East Georgia State, L vs St. Johns River, #18 Flor-Dar|
|13||Dyersburg St.||6-4||5-1||W vs Coahoma x2, Olney Central, Jefferson (MO), NW-Shoals, L vs Jefferson (MO)|
|14||Gulf Coast State||5-3||1-0||W vs #8 John A. Logan|
|15||Johnson County||4-2||2-2||W vs #8 Crowder x2, L vs #8 Crowder x2|
|17||Wabash Valley||3-5||2-2||W vs Galveston, Baton Rouge, L vs #3 San JAc, Seminole State (OK)|
|18||Florence-Darlington||7-3||3-0||W vs #20 NWF, #12 Miami Dade, #21 FL SW|
|20||Northwest Florida State||3-5||0-2||L vs St. Johns River, #18 Flo-Dar|
|21||Florida SouthWestern State||5-6||1-2||L vs East Georgia State, #18 Flor-Dar|
|22||New Mexico||6-6||4-1||W vs U of the SW, Dodge City x3, L vs Dodge City|
|23||South Mountain||10-2||2-2||W vs Southern Nevada x2, L vs Southern Nevada x2|
|24||Pensacola State||7-3||2-1||W vs Bishop State, Copiah-Lincoln, L vs Delgado|
|Rank||Team||Record||Week Record||Key Games||Movement|
|3||Kirkwood||4-0||4-0||W vs Seward County x4|
|6||LSU Eunice||11-0||2-2||W vs Monroe x4|
|8||Murray State||5-2||2-2||W vs McCook, Dallas – North Lake, L vs Connors State x2|
|10||Iowa Central||2-1||2-1||W vs NOC-Enid x2, L vs NOC-Enid|
|12||Meridian||4-2||2-0||W vs Coahoma x2|
|14||Des Moines Area||2-2||0-0|
|15||Kellogg||1-0||1-0||W vs Ivy Tech Fort Wayne|
|17||Florida State-Jacksonville||3-4||1-1||W vs Edward Waters JV, L vs Santa Fe|
|18||Pitt||3-0||3-0||W vs Camp, Bryant & Stratton (VA) x2|
|19||Phoenix||5-4||1-3||W vs GCU Club, L vs #1 Central Arizona, Chandler-Gilbert x2|
|20||UA Rich Mountain||1-2||1-0||W vs Philander Smith College|
|21||Hinds||4-1||4-1||W vs John Melvin JV x2, St. Charles x2, L vs St. Charles|
|22||Delaware Tech||3-1||3-1||W vs Cecil x3, L vs Cecil|
|23||North Iowa Area||0-2||0-2||L vs Three Rivers x2|
|24||Jones||1-1||1-1||W vs Shelton State, L vs Shelton State|
|Rank||Team||Record||Week Record||Key Games||Movement|
|4||Caldwell Tech||4-1||2-1||W vs Catawba Valley x 2, L vs Gaston|
|5||Dallas College – Eastfield||7-0||7-0||W vs Letourneau x2, DFW Post Grad x3, #21 North Arkansas x2|
|8||Dallas College – Richland||6-4||3-2||W vs DFW Post Grad, South Arkansas, L vs South Arkansas x2|
|9||Dallas College – Brookhaven||1-7||1-2||W vs North Central, L vs North Central x2|
|12||St. Cloud Tech||0-0||0-0|
|15||Rockingham||1-4||0-2||L vs Guilford Tech x2|
|18||Dallas College – North Lake||1-6||1-3|
|21||North Arkansas||4-5||1-3||W vs Cedar Vally, L vs Cedar Valley, #5 East Field x2|
|22||Milwaukee Area Tech||0-0||0-0|
https://forms.gle/vjokH48S7vFzjPCL9 – Link for submissions each week.
Teams of the Week
St. Johns River State – 4-0 Week
Dallas-Eastfield – 7-0 Week
Longest Win Streaks
Santa Fe – 13
LSU-Eunice – 11
Central Florida – 10
Players of the Week
|Angel Rodriguez||Eastfield||10-19 (0.526/0.64/1.158), 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 R, 10 RBI, 6 BB, 1 SB, 22 TB, 1.798 OPS|
|Rhett Stokes||New Mexico Military Institute||11-15 (0.733/0.765/1.467), 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SB, 22 TB, 2.232 OPS|
|Kyle Hayes||Kirkwood||10-15 (0.667/0.722/1.467), 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 10 R, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 0 SB, 22 TB, 2.189 OPS|
|Cade Tucker||Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa||6-12 (0.5/0.5/1.25), 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 R, 13 RBI, 0 BB, 2 SB, 15 TB, 1.75 OPS|
|Carter Frederick||Snead State||7-14 (0.5/0.563/1.214), 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 0 SB, 17 TB, 1.777 OPS|
|Jacob Roettgen||Jefferson College||1 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 4 IP, 0 ERA, 10 K, 5 K/BB, 0.75 WHIP|
|Jacob Limas||El Paso Community College||1 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 6 IP, 0 ERA, 9 K, 9 K/BB, 0.833 WHIP|
|Kenny Keller||Desert||1 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 7 IP, 0 ERA, 7 K, 1.75 K/BB, 0.714 WHIP, 1 CG|
|Ben Haug||State Fair CC Baseball||1 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 7 IP, 0 ERA, 3 K, 1.5 K/BB, 0.714 WHIP, 1 CG|
|Jalen Johnston||Eastfield||1 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 6 IP, 0 ERA, 13 K, 6.5 K/BB, 0.5 WHIP, 2 App|
|Austin Eaton||Navarro College||3-9 (0.333/0.455/0.667), 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 0 SB, 6 TB, 1.122 OPS
1 GS, 1-0, 0 SV, 4 IP, 0 ERA, 6 K, 6 K/BB, 0.5 WHIP
Week 4 (2/13-2/19) Things to Watch
Southern Union Invitational
Three Days, 4 Teams, 6 games, All streamed, an amazing facility. What more could you want for a weekend? The Southern Union Invitational is going to be something to keep your eyes on this weekend. With Teams from Alabama, Illinois, and South Carolina, All of who have been on the national stage at some point in the past. Below will be the teams and the schedule for the weekend as well as the link to the stream for the entire weekend.
|#7 John A. Logan|
|Southern Union State|
|Friday @ 11:00||Chattahoochee Valley vs #7 John A. Logan|
|Friday @ 2:30||Southern Union vs Spartanburg Methodist|
|Saturday @ 11:00||Spartanburg Methodist vs Chattahoochee Valley|
|Saturday @ 2:30||Southern Union vs #7 John A. Logan|
|Sunday @ 11:00||#7 John A. Logan vs Spartanburg Methodist|
|Sunday @ 2:30||Southern Union vs Chattahoochee Valley|
Link for the Live Stream: https://t.co/Vd814yRccX
Flag City Classic
Another week another tournament in Millington, Tennesee. This one looks to be just as impressive of a field as the other ones have been. There are quite a few teams that are going to be starting their season as well as a few that are going to ramp up their competition. Below is going to be the teams that are playing in it as well as the schedule.
|East Central (MO)|
|#21 Hinds (MS)|
|#10 Iowa Central|
|Lake Land (IL)|
|#11 Lincoln Land (IL)|
|#12 Meridian (MS)|
|Rend Lake (IL)|
|Southern Arkansas Univ. Tech|
|St. Charles (MO)|
There are going to be 26 games played across the 4 days. Below are a few games we think you should tune into this weekend.
|10:00 – #10 Iowa Central vs Northeast Mississippi|
|3:00 – Jefferson vs Indian Hills|
|3:00 – #11 Lincoln Land vs #10 Iowa Central|
|11:00 – Indian Hills vs #11 Lake Land|
|12:00 – Jefferson vs Northeast Mississippi|
Stand Alone Series
This week there are also a few stand-alone series that is going to be must-watch series this weekend.
First #10 Iowa Western is taking a trip down to Texas. They start the weekend taking on #6 McLennan on Thursday. Before having a 3 game series vs Weatherford. With 2 games Saturday and a game on Sunday. All of these should have big-time arms going as well as bats that are going to make a lot of noise.
All of those games should be streamed over with our friends at TSBN: https://tsbnsports.com/
Just up the road from Weatherford in Grayson County, 2 long-time powers are getting together for another 3 game series. #4 Cowley is taking a trip down to Texas to play a 3-game series against Grayson. With a Double Header Friday and a single game on Saturday. This like Iowa Western is going to be their first taste of a real game this season so look for them to be itching to get started.